Volume 1 WADCO NEWS ■■■■ / '■ , , T ' ■■ ■ ' '■ - ■ ■ - Plainville, Mass., November 19, 1920 Number 8 Accidents TIME LOST IN HOURS LARGEST NUMBER OCCTTR ON MONDAY Three Hundred Fifty-nine Acci- dent Cases During Year of 1918-1919 Accidents in various factories have been analyzed and the results dis- played to the employees on charts. The information about causes and results, thus clearly set forth, has been of j^rreat value in the safety program car- ried on. How to eliminate or reduce acci- dents ii the problem of practically o\er.y industrial plant, because mis- h.aps not only curtail production but cost money both to employers and to workers. And the workers are the ones who must do the suffering. Most large plants now have safety departments like our own, which has already proved effective in accident prevention and seems likely to main- tain or better its present record. This firm is keeping an accurate record of every accident occurring in the factory. These records are kept at the factory hospital. It is the time- losing mishaps that come in for par- ticular attention in the efforts of the safety department to prevent recur- rences. We are going to prepare charts and place them on exhibition. You will see at what hour of the day, and what days in the week, most accidents oc- cur. These charts will tell a graphic story, and we want our employees to see them. The fingers are the most sub- ject to injury. Our records show 238 finger cases, hanati 40, head 9, spine 1, eyes 8, face 8, legs 3, foot 2, arms 30, body 2, infections 5, fractures 3, a to- tal of 359 accident cases, 30 of which resulted in loss of time during 1918- 1919. But since December, 1919, when our new hospital was completed, only 7 accident cases lost time. That is clue not only to the prevention of accidents, but to the fact that our em- ployees do not hesitate to go to the nurse for treatment. Ihe Burroughs Adding Machine Co. states tliat ni cheekuig up tlie ac- (Conllnued on page 2) Week of Nov. 6th Mesh Room, 21.25 Asembly Room, 57.00 Polishing Room, 27.50 Lining Dept., 8.00 Coloring Room, 7.75 Bench, 16.00 Soldered IMesh, 12.25 Unsoldered Mesh, 15.75 Tool Room, 5.25 Stamp and Press, 6.00 Maintenance, 6..5n Repair, 13.75 Rolling, 1.00 Snap Fastener, .25 Planning, - 1.00 Gold Dept. "B", 17.50 Total, 216.75 Whiting Chain Co., 6.00 BANG ! BANG ! BANG ! Bang, went Heck's trusty rifle and Horace was minus one duck. This was how it happened. One day last week Heck rushed in and (like a good fellow) told Bird about seeing three three wild ducks on Weatherell's Pond. After thinking it over. Heck decided that if he wanted any of the ducks he'd have to get up early in the morning in order to beat Bird to the Pond. Heck got up before five, don- ned his hunting suit, grabbed his gun and made for the pond before sunrise. Just as it was getting light, he no- ticed three black spots coming towards him. He up with his gun and shot oi.e of them. After taking the duck Home, he couldn't get to the factory quick enough to tell the boys about his l,'0()d luck. Bird listened (with that .>mile of his) and then asked Heck if he knew that Cheever owned a few wild ducks. After things had cleared and lieck had come to, he was in- formed that Bill Sweet had swapped iliree Mallard ducks, which are of the wild sjx'cies, with Clieever, for a bam- boo pole. Heck then knew that he was elected to settle with Cheever for the duck. Our Pay Roll OVER 900 ENVELOPES PUT UP EACH WEEK Dick dolls up nicely, now there are .some new girls in the .Joining Room. Time Cards, Job Cards, Pay Slips and Envelopes Take over 2V2 Hours Each Week Once a week, usually on a Wednes- day, we hear the eagle scream. Men may come and men may go, but our pay days must go on forever — we hope. And, in order that it should go on, there must necessarily be work at- tached. We have at present something like seven hundred employees here in the factory, without counting our Middle- boro and Woonsocket Branches, nor our outside workers. An estimate of 900 envelopes in the payroll wouldn't be very far from correct. That means 900 time-cards, 900 pay slips and en- velopes, plus the work on job slips, which is no small nor mean item. About one-third of our factory is on job work, and nearly everyone has from one to thirty job slips a week, and every one a time-card. In order to turn these out in the time allowed, we must follow a routine. The first step comes on Monday morning when the cards are brought in and figured. Every card has to be figured and cheeked besides being placed in numerical order to corre- spohd with tlie names and numbers on the payroll sheet. i lien the number of hours turned in on every card is transferred to the payroll sheet and pay slips. This done, one person has to figure the slips and anotiier the sheets, the amounts being .set down in pencil on the sheet to al- low for errors. The amount figured, it is copied from the slip to the en- velope and then both slip and envelope are cliecked with the sheet so that both correspond. Meanwhile (and this takes the greater part of Monday) the job slips are being figured, and when ready, tiie amounts are placed on slip, en- velope and sheet. This completes tlu' snop paxroll in one respect. 1 he pay slips are distributed .on Tuesday morning and then ^Ir. Bob (Continued on page 3) WADCO NEWS Wadco News Published Semi-Montiily by the Employees of Whitingr & Davis Company, Plainville, Mass. Publication Committee J. O. Gannon, Chairman W. M. Fuller Lee Higsrins F. Gaddes O. Soderstrom H. B. Rowan Editor C. H. Peasley COMMERCIAL PRESS- PRINTtRS EDITORIAI.S BEING ON TIME The siiceessfiil men, no matter what their callintr, know the value of time. "William Matthews calls them "misers of minutes," and what waste should they pruard ajrainst more carefully than that of the golden minutes which mean success? Napoleon won hundreds of battles by being on time or a little before time. Later, when he had groAvn fat- ter and less fit, he was defeated be- cause of the promptness and punct- uality of Blucher, which enabled Wellinnrton to turn a drawn battle in- to victory. In business a man should not only be punctual to the minute with en- erajrements which he makes, but with all implied engagements. He should be at his desk or at his post in the of- fice, store or shop on time, and regu- larly during business hours, just as a soldier should be on duty at any given hour. There is no excuse for irregularity, and the man wlio isn't on the job all the time will find himself out of a job in double-quick time. Watch your business or working minutes. Make each of them pay you a real return. — Am. Stationer, (The above article expresses the p]ditor's views much better than he liiiM.self can.) ACCIDENTS (Continued from page I) eidents, they find that the largest numlier occurs to day workers on JMonday mornings, and a study of this condition discloses that the employees do not get settled down to work promptly enough after their Saturday afternoon and Sunday holidays. There is always a falling off in the number of accidents on Tuesday, because they remained at home and rested on Mon- day night. In support of this statement, atten- tion was called to the fact that acci- dents increased again on Wednesday, indicating that the victims went out Tuesday nights. Accidents reached their peak during the last working hours on Saturday forenoon, and this is explained by fatigue overtaking them. Another cause for the accident line climbing upward toward the end of the week was due to the haste of piece-workers. Some employees take it easy during the beginning of the week. They expect to catch up later. They are less careful, thereby subject- ing themselves to injury. The majority of accidents occurred from 10 a. m! to 11.30 a. m., when Hearing dinner time. This was due to employees being hungry and tired. What is said about the Company above mentioned, can be applied to our employees as well. Our records show the same fluctua- tion and the charts will tell you. Therefore, be very careful. Be prompt about getting to your work. Fight off lassitude and sluggishness and you will join our accident prevention cam- paign. MIDDLEBORO NEWS "Beware of being satisfied with .yourself . ' ' "The only difference between a rut and a grave is the width and depth." "If you are truly rich, you could lose all your money and still be rich." "All men are pretty much alike — but it is their unlikeness that is im- portant." — T. N. CARVER. The summer brides are leaving us, We're sorry to see them go. But their places are filled up quickly Its the way of the world, you know. The Boss must now get busy, Some more desks to make ; For help is coming faster Than he has room to take. Since the men were all provided With cuspidors so new, •Toe must have got excited, For his is broke in two. 0, where is Freddie now? We are very much concerned To know the reason why he left And why he never returned. His successor's in no danger — I'll tell yon the reason why. Its just because he fails to have A "come hither'' look in his eye. The windows that have been opaque Are glistening in the sun ; Someone had a happy tliou^ht And washed them, every one. We now can see our chauffeur, A-speeding doAvn the line; Can also see the weather And see it rain or shine. Often wl:ile we're soldering rings. Someone near will call, "Look, see Corina's new silk stock- ings. We look and see th.em (all). Do you wish to learn the shimmy? Beatrice will teach you how, She practices here so often She's a craeker-jack at it now. "Sylvia's toothpick wa.s missing," you say, "And lumber 'd gone up."" you knew, But he swallowed his toothpick, lumber went down. Now don"t tell him whatever you do. — HATTIE GOODWIN. ]\Iiddleboro Branch. WA D CO NEWS SOLDER FILLED WIRE (Continued from last Issue) After turning down the surface of the ingot to a perfectly smooth cir- cumference, we then drill a hole 3-8 inch to 1-2 inch in diameter right through the center of the material and insert a rod of silver solder, that agrees with the metal, in the hole. The solder is fluxed with borax before in- serting and the solder filled ingot is then heated in a special furnace until the solder and shell run together as one metal. Thus you contrive the solder filling. Great care must be ex- ercised in making the solder and in- serting it, for should there be a small bubble in it, or a crack, the process of drawing down would stretch it sev- eral hundred j^ards, and that much wire and the labor on it would be wasted. "Mountains from Mole- hills" fits wire-drawing. From the fins'' ing the ii^got is taken to a big twelve-ton roll and here it is rolled down to a size of .205 in. thickness. In the rolling it is necessary to anneal the metal several times to keep it soft enough to work. When rolled to .205, the ingot, now large wire, is trans- ferred to a reducer, pointed and in- serted between a pair of matched re- ducing dies, which reduce and stretch the wire noticeably. After each oper- ation, annealing is again necessary. In the process of rolling and reducing, the wire becomes misshaped and it is necessary to take the heavy coils of v/ire from the reducer and draw the material down further on the Bull Block. The end of the wire is again pointed and inseried through a draw- plate hole several thousandths in di- ameter, sm.iller than the wire itself, and the protruding end is caught in a jaw-vise and pulled through the hole slill further lengthening the wire. This operation is repeated several t ni(s, unlil the w're is down from .125 through a large ten strain machine, to aroi;nd .045 and then commences the real wire-drawing operation. Here wc \s,Q what are called Diamond Dies. Diamond is a substance so hard and dural le that it is ideal for the purpose of ])reventir.g the bulging wire from wide; ling the hole through which it is drav»'!i. Again we point the end of the wire, insert it through the die, an ati'air that looks like a silver quarter v.'itli a small hole in the center, and draw down the wire to the desired thickness. The original coil rests on a spool and the end is carried through the die. The die is then stationed against a solid steel rack and the wire drawn through and fastened to anoth- er spooler on the other side of the ma- chine. While the operation is per- formed, the wire runs through a solu- tion continually. After having reduced our product to .009 i)i diameter, we proceed to spool on reels of standard size and forward them to Mr. Berkley for his pleasure or maledictions. We hope for his plea.sure in the future, for just as the rest of the factory is a sue cess, we believe this must be also. In closing let's all hope for success. Mr. Berkley's pleasure, Bill's ser- aphic smile, and Hattie minus her I'ervous condition. It's big smiles for us all if it goes right, and our fault if it goes wrong. SHERBROOKE BRANCH OUR PAY ROLL (Continued from page I) does his big bit. The abstract has to be figured. In something like three hours he has to compile a correct list of the number of pennies, nickels, dimps, quarters and halves needed, as well as the correct denominations in his bills. This brings the payroll out "io a cent when it is put up in the en- velopes. It takes approximately 2 3/4 hours to put change and bills in 900 envel- opes and to seal the envelopes, with three men on the job. At present there are verj' few firms using the written receipt for the pay, and even though it means more work, wh.en you stop to think of the record we have in our file, it seems to be well worth it. So ye who "crab" when your pay is wrong — when you denounce "those dumb bells on the payroll," jilease re- member that they're human beings aiid therefore perfectly apt to make a mistake. The lannber of changes that are coi:stantly going into effect make it doubly hard, and twice as easy for us to be wrong. We have all been much interested here in articles published, particular- ly those pertaining to manufacturing processes on solder filled wire, mesh, burnishing, etc., and have been espec- ially impressed with the idea of care- fulness in manufacture and operations as pointed out by the difi'erent writ- ers, as we receive some of our goods from the main factory partially man- ufactured. If goods reach us in poor condition we cannot, as you can there, return them to the responsible partv to be done over but have to make the best of it and repair and patch up ourselves or if goods are not in con- dition so that we can do so, are obliged 10 scrap them, which is an expensive l)roceeding in either case, of course you who are working on the goods do n')t know where they are going which 'iiry goes to show that for your own interests as well as those of the firm if it up to all to see that goods are turiicd out a.s nearly perfect as pos- sible. We have also been very much in- terested in the Middleboro coin -an. This brings out several points which affect in more or less degree all branches, particularly our own, a,s brought out in their last article about other factories closing up and being dull. We are having the .same exper- ience here in this city, but to date have had enough business to keep all at work, which goes to show that we are working on the goods which peo- ple want. — L. W. COOK. Supreme Torture doing home on the car at night. Tired, hungry — just starved for a bite, Acro.ss the aisle you chance to see Side by side as nice as can be, Lillie St. John and I\Iabel I. Serenely eating custard pie. It is rumored that Henry Labrie is going to eml)ark on tiie sea of matri- mony soon. Joining Department We wish to make known the fact that Felix, our boss, rises daily at five a. m., and milks the cow before com- ing to work. We wager no other de- partment claims a boss like oui*s. No use talking, folks, Felix is clever. WADCO NEWS V CAUGHT IN THE MESH Lucinda loves to sing hymns. She's alwaj's singing them. Beatrice at the same bench got impatient with her one dav and called out "Hev, Lucin- da! Can that (Junk^." "B" meant well. "We hear that Renhock, our number two fixer, went to Milford last Sun- day. Someone said they had good home-brew there. "Wliat would Lena do if .short skirts went out of style? No wonder Denniese Sirois likes Plainville. She can not only get work, but also a fellow to take her to the dance, even if he is "Punk." ^Vlien "Happy" smiles at Lou-Lou, Isabelle gets a little sore. Then Irene turns the tables, And "Happy" says no more. HEALTH HINTS, NO. 7 Typhoid Fever may be defined as a general infection due to ' ' bac- illus typhosis," characterized by ulceration of the follicles of the in- testines, enlargement of the spleen, and essential changes in the tissue of other organs. In most cases it can be attributed to defective drainage and impure water. Im- proper ventilation, bad food, filthy homes, help to lower the resistive power of the individuals. ^Ijiiiptoms. A rose colored erup- tion, diarrhoea, digestive disorder, gas, abdominal tejiderness. In se- rious ca.ses, the nervous symptoms are intensified and the tempera- ture remains high. Complications are excessive diarrhoea, intestinal hemorrhage, inflammation of the gall bladder, retention of urine, pneiimonia, ph'urisy, nephritis and bronchitis. Cleanliness and quietness are of the utmost importance. Proper cart" of the mouth is essential in preventing re-infection. Wliile taking care of the patient, always scrub tlie hands before taking food. B. G. COTE, Nurse. (To be continued) Strange, how hard luck will follow a fellow ! Reynolds, of the Stamp Room, was married and in an automo- bile accident, all in two weeks. The fellow in the brown derby says that Eva Contois must have had an elephant time in "Her Baby's Arms." Charles Winters wants it clearly understood that he is a woman-hater. Charlotte, like the birds, is going south for the winter. Buhlia Ralyea, Walter Main's as- sistant, says that she sincerely hopes that he will be more careful the next time he goes skunk hunting. Felix has a paddle to use on his girls who come in late. Now all he needs is the courage to use it. A fellow joker asked Chet Spence of the Planning Department if his last name was "Suspense" or "Dis- pense." His shopmate beside him an- swered before Chet had a chance and said, "By the way he is courting at the present time it will soon be 'Ex- pense.' " Nobody seems to have heard of the W. & D. Co. Bowling Team yet. Where can it be? Only a few more weeks and we will be able to use our new Rolling Room. The Chain Company is about to run a "Popular Girl" contest with Jennie Hotchberg and Helen Wagner as the leading contestants. Henry: "Have you heard Rosa's voic^» over the telephone?" Coffee: "Yes, and that's all I have heard since I've been here." Why don 't you try and move nearer the shop, Katie? You won't have so far to go. Mr. Collins had better request the tennis club to install electric lights by which he can play Sunday nights. Wedding Bells to Ring! Although the weather was plea.sant Friday evening, there was a "big" shower at the home of Florence King for Catherine Greve, who is to be mar- ried soon. Jessie Bourgeois assisted Florence in her clever plan and invit- ed Catljerine to hear her new Sonora. You can imagine her surprise when the door was opened to find twenty- five of her friends waiting in silence. The house was prettily decorated in white crepe paper, and especially the chair for the bride-elect, over which was suspended a large wedding bell. Th.en came the shower, from a glass rolling pin and linen to cut glass and silver. Then came the mock wedding in which Tina Garwin was the bride, Helen Jedlenski the groom and Rhea Larocque the minister. A dainty luncheon was then served and after a few selections on the Son- ora, the party broke up, all extending their best wishes to the bride to be and declaring their hostess the best ever. Attention ! Anj'one securing an automobile through me will receive one-half of my commission, if I get it. — Harvy Litmphere. A sure sign of Winter — Mart Bren- nan wears his red sweater. Albert Beyesdorfer and Eddie De- sautil have taken up hunting as a pas- time. As far as we can see it is mo.st- ly a pastime for we haven't observed any game yet. Rabbits had better be- ware as Eddie is a pretty good run- ner. ;Mary says that there are some very good singers in Gold Dept. B. She claims they could make good before the general public. Timidness prevents two girls in the Gold Dept. B from stating very plain- ly just what they think of the faith- fulness shown in the ' ' Watch as close- ly campaign", carried on by two dis- tinguished gentlemen. Weather is getting cold for that bread line every noon. Why not go in and sit down while waiting ? A man in North Attleboro. upon asking a W. & D. Co. employer how business was, received the answer, "Fine." He replied, "Well, you "re lucky, is all I can say. ' '